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Use of Force 2019 Q1

Only 6% of incidents which took place in April to June 2019 involved Use of Force.

  • Total number of incidents: 42,724
  • Number of Uses of Force recorded: 2,682

How did we use force during this time period?

Types of Use of Force used infographic

Types of Use of Force used

  • Tactical communication: 515
  • Unarmed skill used (push, wrist lock): 1,222
  • Handcuffs: 946
  • Incapacitant drawn/used: 94
  • Spit guard used: 8
  • TASER fired 30 (usage: 201)
  • Baton drawn/used: 9
  • Police dog deployed: 3
  • Firearm discharged: 0
  • Firearm drawn/presented: 11

Statistical breakdown of data

Statistical breakdown of data infographic

Gender of subject:

  • 19% Female
  • 81% Male

Ethnicity of subject:

  • 7% Black
  • 1% Asian
  • 60% White British
  • 1% Other
  • 31% Unknown/not stated

Reason for Use of Force:

  • 42% Prevent harm
  • 22% Arrest
  • 13% Prevent offence
  • 10% Apprehension
  • 6% Other
  • 7% Unknown

Subject characteristics:

  • 30% Violent behaviour/language
  • 22% Mental health
  • 20% Alcohol/drugs
  • 18% Other
  • 6% Threats
  • 4% Weapon
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